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JVC KD-X280BT Digital media receiver (does not play discs)

Item # 105KDX280B

The KD-X280BT receiver's shallow chassis lets it fit in a lot of tight dash cavities.

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About the JVC KD-X280BT

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JVC quality made simple

Looking to wirelessly stream your favorite music app while you're on the road? JVC's KD-X280BT digital media receiver lets you take control of any music app with an info-packed, high-contrast 1.5-line LCD display that fares well even when the sun is doing its worst. Built-in Bluetooth® provides a wireless connection, and you can also pair two phones for quick hands-free calling. And for more streaming audio fun, JVC's Streaming DJ feature lets you pair five phones so everybody can chime in with their favorite song on the road.

JVC quality made simple

Looking to wirelessly stream your favorite music app while you're on the road? JVC's KD-X280BT digital media receiver lets you take control of any music app with an info-packed, high-contrast 1.5-line LCD display that fares well even when the sun is doing its worst. Built-in Bluetooth® provides a wireless connection, and you can also pair two phones for quick hands-free calling. And for more streaming audio fun, JVC's Streaming DJ feature lets you pair five phones so everybody can chime in with their favorite song on the road.

Lots of ways to play your tunes

In addition to streaming music from your iPhone® or Android™ smartphone, you can use the USB port into the front of this receiver to play MP3, WAV, WMA, and even FLAC music files from a flash drive. If you're using an Android, JVC's Remote Control app lets you use your compatible smartphone's touchscreen to control the action using finger swipes and gestures. A front-panel aux input provides a way to plug in just about any portable audio device, such as a portable high-res music player. And if you want to hear what's going on locally, its sensitive AM/FM tuner will pick up your local radio stations too.

JVC KD-X280BT digital media receiver

This simple receiver won't take up a lot of room in the dash.

Expand your system

This JVC has a chassis depth of less than 4", so it'll fit in a lot of installations. If you're planning to expand your car audio system in the future, the KD-X280BT includes a set of preamp outputs. You can use the 13-band graphic EQ, time alignment, bass boost, loudness control, high- and low-pass filters, and subwoofer level control to tune according to your tastes. Much of today's music uses compression which can sometimes muddle the sound, and JVC's K2 technology helps bring back the depth and detail for all your digital music sources.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

Smartphone note: If you're going to use your smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.


Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
    • built-in Bluetooth for audio streaming and hands-free calling (mic included)
    • detachable face with 1.5 line display (red button illumination)
    • USB 1.5A connection charges devices quickly
    • plays MP3, WMA, WAV, and FLAC files through USB
    Smartphone Features:
    • control 2 phones at once
    • voice recognition dialing
    • control using free JVC Remote app (Android only)
    Audio Features:
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • K2 technology improves the digital sound for most music sources
    • sound-shaping tools get more out of your digital music library
    • 13-band graphic EQ and time alignment
    • inputs: front USB (not compatible with iPhone), front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt rear/sub)
    Other Information:
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • optional wireless remote control (sold separately)
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • multi-language display (English, Spanish)
    • warranty: 1 year
    • MFR # KD-X280BT

    What's in the box:

    • Digital media receiver (10A fuse)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Microphone w/ bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle mono 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Warranty Information
    • Face-fixing screw note

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    Features & specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    USB Port Power 1.5A
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Alexa Voice Control N
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size N/A
    Nano N/A
    Touch N/A
    iPhone N/A
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Screen Type ---
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Red
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 8.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3,WMA,WAV,FLAC
    High-res Playback FLAC (96kHz)
    The JVC KD-X280BT replaces these items:

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    Built-in Bluetooth
    Audio & DSP Section
    Display & Remote Features

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The JVC KD-X280BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 4.2, allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.7.1 (Hands Free Profile) & PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) & AVRCP 1.6.1 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the JVC KD-X280BT.

    SSP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the JVC KD-X280BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. You can pair up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices to the JVC head unit. When an already paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units.

    • Dual Phone Connection: Thanks to the Dual Phone Connection feature, two Bluetooth-enabled phones can remain connected to the JVC receiver. This means you can an answer an incoming call from either phone from the head unit. Also, both of your phone's contact lists are downloaded to the receiver. To make a call from one of the phones using the JVC receiver, you simply have to select Phone 1 or Phone 2 on the head unit's front-panel.
    • Streaming DJ: The new Streaming DJ feature allows five Bluetooth audio source devices to be connected to the JVC receiver at one time, so you can switch between Bluetooth playback sources a lot easier and quicker. While "BT Audio" source is selected on the head unit, you can simply press the music playback button on your connected Bluetooth source devices to switch between devices and begin music playback. However, you cannot stream audio from two different Bluetooth audio source devices at the same time or combine music libraries or playlists from two different connected devices.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. And thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.7) with wideband speech capability, the KD-X280BT provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The controls of the KD-X280BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (with mounting bracket) featuring adjustable gain, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    • Answering A Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately or after 1-30 seconds. The KD-X280BT also supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.
    • Dialing A Number: Using the KD-X280BT, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Enter Phone #: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's front-panel rotary dial.
      • Preset Dialing: You can store up to 6 contacts in the memory of this unit for speed dialing.
      • Phone Book: You can download phone book data from your mobile phone to the digital media receiver. You can then dial a contact within the phonebook from the head unit's front-panel controls. Your phonebook can be searched alphabetically or numerically.
      • Call History: The Call History is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls.
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone once you have activated the voice dialing function from the head unit's front-panel.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The JVC KD-X280BT supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player, plus song/artist information display. You are able to stream your stored music library on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, as well as music apps downloaded on your smartphone to the JVC KD-X280BT for playback.

    • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the KD-X280BT offers support of AAC. By supporting AAC, the KD-X280BT offers better audio performance of the music streamed from and Apple iOS device. (Apple iOS devices are only compatible using Bluetooth.)
    • Advanced Music Browsing: In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the KD-X280BT lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc. Advanced music browsing is supported by Android 4.0+ smartphones and Apple iPhones 5.0+ (specific advanced functions vary by phone).
    • Song/Artist Information: The head unit will also display your stored music and music app's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title (not compatible with all apps).
    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    External Mic: The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the volume level, noise cancellation, and echo cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash.

    Low Battery Information: When the battery of a connected Bluetooth device runs low, a beep sound is heard and "LOW BATTERY" appears on the receiver's display.


    USB Mass Storage Devices: The JVC KD-X280BT features a front-panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-out cover. The USB port enables connection of USB mass storage class (MSC) devices, like USB thumbdrives or portable digital music players. You can insert a compatible USB MSC device into the head unit's USB port for playback, control, and song/artist display of a variety of music files.

    • Music Drive: The Music Drive feature lets you switch between multiple memory cards in a USB multi-card reader. When a mass storage class (MSC) compatible smartphone is connected to the head unit's USB input, the unit's Music Drive features lets you select its internal memory or external memory (such as an SD card) for stored music playback.
    • USB Charging: USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the digital media receiver's USB port (max. 1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
    Note: Not compatible with Apple iOS devices, Android OS devices, or USB hubs.

    Compressed Music Files: The JVC KD-X280BT supports the following types of music files loaded onto a compatible USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type Description
    File System FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    WAV: bit depth of 16-bit w/ sampling frequency of 44.1kHz
    FLAC: bit depth of 24-bit w/ sampling frequency of 96kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 999 folders/20,480 files (999 files per folder)
    Tags ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag

    Playback & Search Functions: The JVC KD-X280BT offers a variety of playback and search functions to help you find and enjoy your music a USB memory device.

    • Track/Folder List: The Track/Folder List displays a list of music folders and tracks on a connected USB device, so you can easily access your music.
    • Repeat: Track Repeat (plays the current track repeatedly), Folder Repeat (plays all tracks of the current folder repeatedly), Off (cancels repeat function)
    • Random: Folder Random (plays all tracks of the current folder, then the tracks of the next folder in random), All Random (plays all tracks of the current USB device at random), Off (cancels random function)
    • Resume: If you change the source, playback also stops (without ejecting the USB device). Next time you USB for the playback source, the player will start from where it has been stopped previously.

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KD-X280BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can store a total of 18 FM stations presets and 6 AM station presets. The radio allows you to set your AM/FM stations manually or automatically. You can also switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity. If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation.

    • US or European Tuning: You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US standard and European tuning spacing.
    • RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.
    • Radio Timer: The head unit's Radio Timer features lets you tune into a preset station at a specific time regardless of the head unit's current source (you can activate the Radio Timer once, daily, or turn it completely off).

    Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: A front-panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of almost any portable audio source with a 3.5mm headphone output. Simply connect your portable digital music player to the unit's front-panel auxiliary input, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system.

    Audio & DSP Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-X280BT utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The JVC KD-X280BT is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the KD-X280BT are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 total watts)

    Amp Gain: When you are using the KD-X280BT with factory speakers (or those rated to less than 50 watts peak), the Amplifier Gain Control can limit the amount of power being sent to those speakers. When the Amp Gain Control is set to "low," the volume control ranges from 0 (minimum) to 25 (maximum). When using speakers rated higher than 50 watts peak, you can set the Amp Gain Control to "high," and the volume control will range from 0 to 35.

    2.5V/2Ch Preamp Output: The KD-X280BT is equipped with two 2.5V preamp outputs (Rear/SW). You can set the Rear/SW preamp outputs for connecting a pair of full-range rear speakers (through an external amplifier) or for connecting a subwoofer (through an external amplifier). When set for rear speakers, the rear outputs operate with the unit's fader control. When set for subwoofer, the outputs are non-fading and offer an independent level control (-50 to +10).

    Subwoofer Speaker Connection: You can connect a subwoofer to this head unit without the need of a separate power amplifier. Simply connect a single subwoofer (4-8 ohm) directly to head unit's left rear speaker leads (the right rear speaker output will be muted). The rated power output for the subwoofer speaker channel remains 22 watts. The same subwoofer controls apply, except for the subwoofer level adjustment, which is adjustable from -6 to+3.

    Vehicle Setup: In order to optimize the sound quality in your vehicle, you can identify the type of vehicle you have and the rear speaker location, as well as configure listening distances.

    • Car Type: Select your car type to automatically set the delay time of each speaker for timing adjustment of sound output of each channel to have the highest surround effect. Choose from Compact, Full Size Car, Wagon, Mini Van, SUV, or Off.
    • Rear Speaker Location: You can indicate the location of your vehicle's Rear speakers. Choose from Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row, or 3rd Row.
    • DTA (Digital Time Alignment): For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front Right or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage, using Digital Time Alignment (DTA) by selecting the distance (0-20') for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position.

    Crossover Network: The JVC KD-X280BT lets you choose between a 2-way or 3-way crossover network for your car audio application.

    • 2-Way Crossover: Allows you to set high-pass and low-pass crossovers for a standard Tweeter, Front, Rear, and Subwoofer speaker setup.
      • Speaker Size: select which size speakers are in your vehicle
        • Tweeter: Small, Medium, Large, or None
        • Front & Rear: 3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", 7x10" or None
        • Subwoofer: 6.5", 8", 10", 12", 15" or greater, None
      • X'Over: Select the high pass or low pass crossover settings for your speakers.
        • Tweeter: high pass filter (HPF)
          • Frequency: 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 5kHz, 6.3kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
        • Front & Rear: high pass filter (HPF)
          • Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, -24dB
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
        • Sub: low pass filter (LPF)
          • Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, -24dB
          • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
    • 3-Way Crossover: Allows you to set high-pass and low-pass crossovers for a complex 3-way speaker system with Highs, Mids, and Sub
      • Speaker Size: select which size speakers are in your vehicle
        • Tweeter: Small, Medium, Large, or None
        • Midrange: 3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", or 6x9"
        • Woofer: 6.5", 8", 10", 12", 15" or greater, None
      • X'Over: Select the high pass or low pass crossover settings for your speakers.
        • Tweeter: high pass filter (HPF)
          • HPF Frequency: 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 5kHz, 6.3kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB
          • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
        • Midrange: high pass filter (HPF) & low pass filter (LPF)
          • HPF Frequency:30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
          • LPF Frequency: 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 5kHz, 6.3kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB
          • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
        • Woofer: low pass filter (LPF)
          • LPF Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB
          • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB

    Equalizer: The JVC KD-X280BT is equipped with 11 EQ presets, a 3-Band Easy EQ (3-band), a 13-Band Pro EQ. Choose the one that best fits your type of music listening.

    • 11 EQ Presets: You can choose between the following EQ presets - Flat, Hard Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Jazz, Classical, Drive 1/2/3, & User. The Drive EQ boosts frequencies that become hard to hear due to road noise (there are 3 levels). The User mode allows you to select either the 3-band Easy EQ or 13-Band Pro EQ.
    • 3-Band Easy EQ: The head unit's Easy EQ consists of a 3-band equalizer (Treble, Mid, & Bass). You can adjust the Treble, Mid, & Bass from -9 to +9.
    • 13-Band Pro EQ: The units Pro EQ consists of a 13-band equalizer (100Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, 400Hz, 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 6.3kHz, 10kHz, & 16kHz). Each frequency can be adjusted from -9 to +9. You can also adjust the Q-Factor of each frequency to 1.35, 1.50, or 2.0.

    K2 Technology: The KD-X280BT employs K2 technology which dramatically improves the sound quality of compressed music files during USB and Bluetooth playback. When the K2 feature is activated, the sound becomes wider, smoother, and more natural.

    Sound Effects: The KD-X280BT offers adjustable Sound Effects to provide a better listening experience inside your vehicle. Use the "Enhance" feature to virtually broaden the soundstage inside your vehicle. Use the "Sound Lift" feature to virtually lift the sound to ear level. Use the "Response" feature to virtually make the sound more realistic and live inside your car. Use the "Vol Link EQ" feature to boost certain frequency ranges that become hard to hear due to road noise.

    Loudness, Bass Boost & Bass Extension: The Loudness feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. The unit's Bass Boost enhances low bass frequencies at any volume level. There is also a Bass Extension feature which further enhances the unit's bass output.

    Volume Adjust: The input level of each source (other than FM) is adjustable relative to the FM radio volume, so there isn't a significant volume difference when changing sources. Each source is individually adjustable from -15 to +6.

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Display & Remote Features

    Detachable Face: The JVC KD-X280BT features a detachable face to deter theft. No face-case is provided. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    VA (Vertical Alignment) LCD: The KD-X280BT is equipped with a VA (Vertical Alignment) LCD screen that offers high contrast, sharp images, and a wide viewing angle for better visibility. The LCD screen provides information for audio settings, song/artist/album info, and station identification. You can even select between English or Spanish text.

    • Music Sync Effect: The Music Sync Effect feature changes illumination patterns of receiver's display according to the rhythm of the music.
    • Day & Time: The unit displays a 12-or 24-hour clock, as well as the day (Sun/Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat). The day & time can be selected to remain on, even if the head unit is switched off (as long as the vehicle's key is in the accessory or "on" position).
    • Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.

    Brightness & Dimmer: The unit offers a daytime and nighttime brightness settings for the LCD and button illumination. You can adjust the brightness level of each manually from 0-31. The unit's dimmer control can be set automatically, manually, or via timer. Manually select "Off" for daytime brightness setting or "On" for nighttime brightness setting. Choose "Auto" which switches between day and nighttime brightness setting automatically when you turn off/on the headlights (orange/white wire of harness must be connected to headlamp circuit). You can even set a specific time for the "Off" and "On" dimmer setting to be activated.

    JVC Remote App (for Android only): The JVC Remote App is an application (for Android OS 4.4+) operates the JVC receiver like a wireless remote control from your Bluetooth connected Android OS device. The JVC Remote App provides traditional touchscreen control, as well as directional and freeform gesture control from your compatible mobile device.

    • Source Information & Control: The JVC Remote App provides a Source Control screen with a list of the receiver's built-in sources and connected sources to choose from, so you can change the head unit's source from your mobile device. Once an input is selected, the app displays source information such as station number, track number & playback time, as well as song/artist information (when applicable). From the app, you can also seek stations and tracks, as well as Play and Pause your music.
    • Audio Settings: From the application on your mobile device, you can adjust the receiver's volume up or down. In addition, audio settings such as EQ, Crossover, DTA, and other audio adjustments can be easily set using the JVC Remote application.
    • Media Player: The application's Media Player screen lets you playback your device's stored music library through the JVC receiver. From the app on your Android device, you can control basic playback functions like Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track and Repeat/Random. The Android version of the app even lets you browse your music library by category (Song/Album/Artist/Playlist/Mood). Song, artist, and album information (along with Album Art) will displayed on your Android device's touchscreen.
    • App Launcher: The App Launcher feature of the Android version of the JVC Remote app lets you access 3rd party applications within the JVC Remote app's user interface. The App Launcher can contain up to 24 of your favorite apps for quick access.
    Note: The KD-X280BT does not support the JVC Remote App for Apple iOS devices.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel control adapter (vehicle specific and sold separately).

    Optional Wireless Remote: The KD-X280BT can be controlled wirelessly from JVC's RM-RK52 IR remote control (sold separately; not available at Crutchfield).

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    I bought this for my daughter and it worked perfectly after an easy install. however a week later her bluetooth will not connect and when she bought an aux cord it says it will not support her iphone 15? Help!!
    thomas  Feb 27, 2024
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    Hey Thomas, sorry you are having issues. Seeing as you made the purchase with us, you have free lifetime technical support. On your shipping confirmation email there will be a direct number to them. Unfortunately, we do not do technical support via the Q&A section on our website.
    hogan  Feb 27, 2024 (Staff)
    Hey, I'm wondering if there are rca inputs on this stereo?
    hunter  Feb 17, 2024
    1 answer
    Greetings Hunter. Thank you for your question. No sir, only RCA outputs. The 3.5mm input on the front is the analog input. That can be converted to stereo RCA with an adapter cable.
    hogan  Feb 17, 2024 (Staff)
    Does this unit have the strength to power a powered subwoofer, and two non stock door speakers? Will I have to buy a separate amplifier? I'm ordering a JBL SUBBP12AM Amplified Sub from amazon (max output 450watts and 10 input volts), and some cheaper door speakers from Crutchfeild. Also, how does one connect a sub at the back of a truck to the stereo?
    isaiah  Jan 07, 2024
    1 answer
    Greetings Isaiah. Thank you for your question. The JVC KD-X280BT has a built in 4 channel amp. Enough to power 4 speakers, not a subwoofer. It does have a subwoofer preamp output for adding a powered subwoofer like that JBL, or a passive subwoofer/amplifier combo. Powered subwoofers, and or amplifiers need a signal from the stereo. Most cases that would be an RCA cable, they also need power directly off the battery terminal, and grounded. Not included with the subwoofer. You will need an 8 gauge amp kit with RCA to get it connected.
    hogan  Jan 07, 2024 (Staff)
    Are you able to change the bass and fade levels with this stereo?
    p-webb  Nov 02, 2023
    1 answer
    Greetings Peyton. Thank you for your questions. This model has a 13 band EQ, Bass Boost, Bass extension, Loudness, and because the internal amp has front and rear channels, it has fade as well.
    hogan  Nov 02, 2023 (Staff)
    Can I hook a sub up to this radio?
    william  Sep 06, 2023
    1 answer
    Greetings William, and thanks for your question. This JVC has a subwoofer preamp out. What you can hook up to it is a subwoofer amplifier, then the subwoofer to the amplifier. Or an amplified (powered) subwoofer.
    hogan  Sep 06, 2023 (Staff)
    Can you run a powered subwoofer with this stereo?
    josaiah  Aug 24, 2023
    1 answer
    Greetings Josaiah, and thank you for your question. There is an RCA preamp out for the purpose of adding an amplifier (powered sub). This JVC is by default set at full range, in the settings you can change that to subwoofer level.
    hogan  Aug 25, 2023 (Staff)
    why would i need an interface and all that wiring for install? can the plug in my dash wiring from factory plug strait to new radio? why do i have to have all that wiring and interface between the factory plug and new radio?
    david  Jul 06, 2023
    1 answer
    A few reasons come to mind. First, the JVC plug does not match your vehicle's factory plug (or any vehicle's factory radio plug, for that matter). Second, many vehicles, especially vehicles made in the past 20 years, use data lines to communicate with the factory radio, which means we'll need a vehicle-specific adapter interface to install and operate an aftermarket radio successfully. Third, it will make the installation easier, if nothing else. Our advisors are happy to discuss your project with you in more detail. Please reach out to them via online chat or phone at 1-800-324-9695.
    zachary  Jul 06, 2023 (Staff)
    Does this amp support 4ohm speakers ?
    arthur p j  Jun 14, 2023
    1 answer
    The built-in amplifier in the JVC KD-X280BT is designed to support 4-ohm speakers.
    zachary  Jun 15, 2023 (Staff)
    Is the adaptor for steering wheel controls on a 2007 Toyota Camry included? Are installation instructions included?
    d  Jun 05, 2023
    1 answer
    We can set you up with a complete installation package and we discount the gear needed D.V., but no installation accessories come with the JVC included. The installation kit in the link below has the black dash kit (you can also choose silver if it best matches your vehicle) and uses the PAC RP4.2-TY11 harness that will retain steering wheel controls and work well in 2007 Camry's with or without Navigation or the JBL premium audio, this works for all trims!
    bo  Jun 06, 2023 (Staff)
    What is the starting color of this unit?
    benobeast  May 30, 2023
    1 answer
    This unit will be in a demo mode when first powered up, Ilias. You can customize the look to your liking by following the Display Settings adjustment on page 28 in the instructions!
    bo  May 31, 2023 (Staff)
    Will this connect via Bluetooth to iPhone 13 Pro Max?
    loren  May 15, 2023
    1 answer
    Thank you for your question, Loren. Yes, this JVC will connect via Bluetooth with an iPhone 13 Pro Max. This stereo is a newer model, just being introduced in August 2022.
    andrea  May 15, 2023 (Staff)
    Is there a way to "Mute" the audo?
    steven  Apr 25, 2023
    2 answers
    I found just pressing the volume button (not holding) just pressing, mutes it. Simple press unmutes it.
    russ  May 11, 2023
    There is no specific "Mute" button on the front panel of the JVC KD-X280BT sadly, Steven. Rolling down on the volume would be the best bet with the JVC!
    bo  Apr 25, 2023 (Staff)
    Does this stereo have audio input jacks? I want to connect my TV audio out jacks to a stereo so I can hear my TV through my camper speakers. And, what remote is required to use with this stereo?
    dave  Apr 21, 2023
    1 answer
    This radio only features a 3.5mm AUX input on the front face of the unit. The compatible remote is JVC's RM-RK52 IR remote control (sold separately; not available at Crutchfield).
    zachary  Apr 21, 2023 (Staff)
    Can this stereo be paired via Bluetooth to Bluetooth speakers?
    cliff  Feb 28, 2023
    1 answer
    It cannot sadly, Cliff. This JVC KD-X20BT has Bluetooth for music streaming and hands-free calling, but you cannot send that Bluetooth audio to Bluetooth speakers sadly. This is something that no car radio we offer can do, also sadly.
    bo  Feb 28, 2023 (Staff)
    Will my phone charge while connected to the USB?
    matth  Feb 22, 2023
    1 answer
    This will charge USB devices (max 1.5A) such as smartphones. The vehicle ignition must be set to ACC or ON position.
    zachary  Feb 23, 2023 (Staff)
    what are the dimensions of this stereo?
    ryan  Jan 14, 2023
    1 answer
    This radio would be considered a standard single DIN size, Ryan. The actual chassis dimensions are below: Width-7.165" Depth (with RCA's)-4.795" Height-2.095" If you are planning a custom install on the sweet JVC-KD-X280BT I hope this helps!
    bo  Jan 14, 2023 (Staff)
    can you change the led color?
    nick  Aug 30, 2022
    1 answer
    You cannot change the display color on that JVC unit.
    arielle  Aug 31, 2022 (Staff)

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